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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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Nigel thomas

Nigel thomas

(p.209) Twenty-One Nigel thomas
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

In this interview Professor Nigel Thomas reflects on how his social work training and experience has informed and influenced his approach to researching with children. He conceptualises children as people who are younger than other people and who may know things that older people don’t know, such as what it is like being a child. His approach to research with children is underpinned by his belief that people should be able to decide for themselves about participating in research and argues that this includes children who, in principle, ought to be given as much opportunity as possible to take responsibility for their own lives. He assesses the current trend towards intergenerational research as significant and important in terms of the future of the field.

Keywords:   social work, children, children as people, participating, intergenerational, research

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